DGTO removed over charges of corruption

ISLAMABAD: Commerce Ministry is reportedly irked by rampant corruption in Directorate General of Trade Organisations (DGTO), with parliamentarians, top officials and top businessmen having shared evidence with the Minister and Secretary.

As most of the positions in DGTO are filled with the officers of Commerce and Trade (C&T) Group.

On the continuous complaints, the commerce ministry suspends the Director General Trade Organization, Azhar Iqbal a few days back and directed to initiate an inquiry against him.

The action is finally taken on the serious complaint of Senator Ghulam Ali, former Chairman Sanding Committee on Commerce in Senate of Pakistan and former president FPCCI.

The then DGTO have a close association with the ruling group of the FPCCI which is against the very role of the office of the regulator, sources said.

Similarly, the former CEO TDAP SM Muneer has started threatening the officials of its rival group Businessmen Panel by sending them legal notices in order to stop to highlight his performance as Chief Executive of the TDAP in the sections of media.

Through Muneer claimed that he has taken numbers of steps to improve the country’s economy but exports fell down massively in his outstanding tenure and in result government didn’t give him an extension for the office of TDAP.

BMP officials said instead of given notices to us, it’s better Mr Muneer should absorb his performance indicators while served as CE of the authority and accept with open heart that he indulge in trade politics during his tenure in TDAP which was the against the rules and regulation of the authority and a novel example that public servant started Trade politics for personal whims in order to grab the affairs of the FPCCI.